A renewable energy centre has taken a key step forward after being accepted into a European agreement.
The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has been accepted as an associate member of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
The EERA is the leading alliance for energy research and influencing European research and development (R&D).
Because of the group’s status in the energy policy field, the membership is recognised as an important step for Narec.
Ignacio Marti, Narec’s chief technology officer, said: “I am delighted that Narec has been granted membership of the EERA.
“Narec’s research and development activity has considerably increased over recent years and this acceptance acknowledges our position.
“I look forward to greater co-operation and collaboration with the major European research organisations and facilities.”
EERA’s co-ordinator of the joint programme on wind energy, Peter Hauge Madsen, added: “Narec is home to some of the world’s most advanced test facilities, it was a logical and obvious decision to have them as part of the alliance.
“Combining Narec’s capabilities and its facilities will be a great addition to the network of facilities and capabilities that already exists across Europe.”